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Raising Medicare eligibility age would spike overall health spending
Modern Healthcare

Raising the Medicare eligibility age would increase overall healthcare spending in the country because it would leave people on private insurance plans that pay more for the same services than Medicare, according to a recent Health Affairs study.Costs for people who were insured before entering Medicare at age 65 decreased by $38.56, or 32.4%, per beneficiary per quarter, although they used the same amount of services, according to the study.This suggests that providers did not see fewer Medicare patients despite the lower reimbursement. This could be because of Medicare’s size and purchasing power, the authors said.